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CWS Game 4 Pre-Game Notes

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Sophomore left-hander Michael Roth will be the South Carolina starter tonight, making his third career start. Roth has been effective coming from the bullpen this season, making 35 appearances with an 1-1 record, 1.37 ERA and three saves. In 26 1/3 innings, he's allowed 18 hits, six runs, four earned runs, walked seven and struck out 28.  Opponents are batting .198 against him. Roth started two games last season - a two-inning effort against Georgia Southern (one run, three hits) and a 4 1/3 inning start against College of Charleston (six runs, five earned runs, nine hits). In the College World Series, Roth has made two appearances for 2.1 innings, allowing no hits or runs and striking out two batters. If Roth can be efficient tonight, expect to see him go about two to three innings against Clemson.

Clemson will counter with right-hander Dominic Leone. The freshman is 3-1 with a 4.53 ERA, making 21 appearances and nine starts. In 55 2/3 innings of work, he's allowed 28 earned runs and 65 hits. Leone has struck out 40 batters and opponents are hitting .289 against him. His last start was in Game 3 of the Clemson Super Regional against Alabama. Leone worked 5 2/3 innings against the Tide, allowing three hits and one run. He struck out three batters and walked one.

South Carolina's pitching staff has been effective in Omaha, allowing just 10 runs through 30 innings of work. That's the fewest number of runs allowed through three games at the CWS in the Tanner era - '02 (24 runs), '03 (31 runs), '04 (18 runs).  Gamecock pitchers have struck out 28 batters, walked five and allowed 23 hits.

The Gamecocks got 10 hits off Sooner pitching in 12 innings last night, but saw their team average drop to .289. South Carolina has stranded 29 runners on base through three games at the CWS.  Carolina has scored its lowest total number of runs through three games in Omaha under Tanner - '02 (19 runs), '03 (17 runs), '04 (30 runs).

In two games at the CWS, Clemson is hitting .303 (20-for-66) as a team. However, the Tigers have just one extra base hit in Omaha (Kyle Parker's triple against Oklahoma on Wednesday).

Last night's win improved South Carolina's record to 10-3 when facing elimination at the CWS under Tanner. The Gamecocks also won their 50th game of the season, the fifth time in program history the team has accomplished the feat.


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